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Animal Behavior Majors: You might be interested...

Date: Wednesday February 8, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:15 pm

location: zoom see flyer below

Super Liberal Arts Impact:  Psychological & Brain Sciences, Animal Behavior, & Cognitive Science


A virtual event to introduce current and prospective students to the varied and interesting career paths of graduates with degrees in this field. We’ll demonstrate how Psychological & Brain Sciences, Animal Behavior, and Cognitive Science graduates will have their pick of top positions in industry. Our alumni will tell their story, talk about how studying these majors launched them on their career, and answer questions about getting the most out of your major and your arts and sciences degree.

 

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DEADLINE: May 15, 2023

Primate Behavior and Conservation Field Course in Uganda
Dates: June 12-26, 2023

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

Program Fee: $4,000

Course Description:

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Uganda culture, geography and wildlife. They will attend lectures on Ugandan conservation and wildlife by a guest lecturer from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national parks oversight organization); they will learn about the Ugandan independence and Kampala city history; they will visit the Entebbe Zoo where they will see a wide variety of Ugandan wildlife; they will live in tents in Semliki surrounded by wildlife including warthogs, kob, bushbuck, baboons, chimpanzees, redtail monkeys and forest elephants; at dusk they will be serenaded by black and white colobus (among the loudest animals on the planet) and during the night they will hear bushbabies and owls; they may see a nocturnal potto in the tamarind tree near the toilets; they will visit the famed Queen Elizabeth National Park where they will see wildlife such as millions of Uganda kob as well as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, banded mongoose, vervets, baboons and possibly lions; they will visit local markets in Ntoroko, Karagutu and Fort Portal; at Lake Albert they will see the famous and rare shoebill stork; they will look out over the famed Rift Valley, a mile below them, from the top of the rift escarpment; they will visit a tea plantation and see the harvesting and drying of the famous Ugandan tea (and receive a free sample); they will visit a smallholder family farm to see how self-sustaining families manage to produce their own vegetables, protein and natural products on a family-owned plot of land; they will trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They will be immersed in Ugandan culture, nature and animals and guided by Ugandans and instructors with decades of experience in Uganda and all of Africa

The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

For more information and to apply, visit The Semliki Chimpanzee Project Field School (wordpress.com).

If you have any questions, please contact us at kdingess@semlikichimpanzee.org

The Rosvall Lab in the Biology Department is seeking multiple, paid, entry-level field technicians for 2023 spring and/or summer. Preferred start date is shortly after spring break (~March 20) but we can accommodate some start dates closer to finals week (~May 1). Our lab studies wild birds called tree swallows, which breed around Bloomington in bird houses, and our field technicians help monitor and maintain the bird houses during the breeding season.  

We are interested in increasing undergraduate involvement in biological research, regardless of past research or coursework experience, so please share the attached job ad widely with anyone who might be interested.  Interested people should also check out the attached ad and complete this interest form: https://forms.gle/o3ebTMpQbXUADRN79. We will begin reviewing on ~Feb 15.   

We are happy to provide additional information or answer any questions. The Rosvall lab strongly encourages people from groups historically underrepresented in STEM to apply. As a part of our team, you will be joining a lab committed to respect, inclusion, and safety. Inquiries can be directed to me Rachel Evans racevans@iu.edu, and please cc-the lab head Kim Rosvall krosvall@indiana.edu. 

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IU Integrated Program in the Environment announces the following grants and fellowship.

RTP Student Research Grant/Sustainability Research Development Grant

Apply now! Support for undergrads & grads interested in sustainability & environmental research. 

RTP Grant Program: to encourage and advance IUB student research on RTP properties and develop and long-term environmental database for the RTP. Awards of up to $4,000.

Sustainability Research Development Grant: supporting collaborative efforts of IUB students to develop new research programs related to sustainability. Awards up to $3,000 for undergraduates and $10,000 for graduate students.

Faculty Sustainability Course Development Fellowship

Apply now! The SCDF supports teaching of topics related to sustainability and environmental literacy at IUB. 

The Sustainability Course Development Fellowship: developing IUB’s sustainability curriculum and a community of faculty engaged in its instruction. This summer fellowship supports creating a new sustainability-focused course or significantly altering an existing course to include a more substantial sustainability focus. Awards up to $4,500.

DEADLINE 3/15/2023

I am writing to introduce a unique Summer field course opportunity for advanced undergraduate students Indiana University’s Animal Behavior Program - "Asian Elephants: Applied Behavior and Conservation in Thailand". This field course will be taking place June 25 - July 21 2023 in Thailand. The course offers students the chance to participate in behavioral ecology and community based conservation research with re-wilded Asian elephants and affiliated scientists at Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF). Not only will students have the chance to contribute to vital conservation efforts, but they will also gain valuable field experience that is essential for a career in biology, ecology, conservation, animal behavior or animal welfare. Past students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees and publish in academic journals after participating in the program. 

As a nonprofit organization passionate about the value of field-based conservation knowledge to the future of elephant conservation research, the four week Mahouts Elephant Foundation field course runs only once per year with limited spaces so that it can be offered at significantly lower costs than comparable summer programs. The program aims to help train dedicated students who will become the leaders of tomorrow in a multispecies approach to conservation, that not only improves outcomes for animals and the environment, but also recognizes the interconnectedness of human health and well-being. 

More information about the opportunity can be found at https://www.mahouts.org/field-course-1 . A link to an online application form will be available on the course web page starting February 1. Interested students are encouraged to email sarah@mahouts.org with any questions. I would be grateful if you could pass along this information to your students! 
 
Warm Wishes,
Rebecca Winkler

PhD Candidate | Department of Anthropology | The University of Pennsylvania
rwinkler@sas.upenn.edu 
Visiting Scholar | Department of Anthropology and Sociology | Chiang Mai University
Research Consultant | Mahouts Elephant Foundation 
+660638011287
becca@mahouts.org

 

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DEADLINE: 2/27/2023

I am recruiting again for CLIP! Below is a description and attached is a flier. 

My name is Kim Elsenbroek and I am the Land Conservation Specialist with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC). We are a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on preserving and restoring privately owned land in McHenry County Illinois. TLC also maintains several preserves open to the public and provides free/affordable educational programming for the greater McHenry area (and beyond!). I am reaching out to you to discuss recruitment for an internship program that begins June 2023. 

The application period for the Conservation Leader Internship Program (CLIP) opens January 4, 2023 and closes February 27, 2023. Read about last summer in this blog and pass it along to potential applicants! We are looking for 3-4 interns to work with TLC this summer. 

CLIP is a paid summer internship that will provide underrepresented and BIPOC students/youth with hands-on professional training in the field of conservation. Participants will gain experience in areas such as Plant identification, Land management, GIS/GPS training, Prescribed fire training, Herbicide use, Rare plant monitoring, Wildlife/Stream surveys, Sustainable farming techniques, Land preservation techniques, Field safety, Scientific research/Experimental design, Art in the natural world, Career development and Professional networking. Collectively, these skills will give each participant a strong understanding of the field of conservation and serve as a springboard for a professional career in the field of conservation.

We are looking for students/youth that are High School Juniors/Senior – Freshman-Senior in college. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in a college program.

Do you know of any students/youth who may be an excellent candidate for this internship? Do you know any faculty/staff that might know of qualified students?

I have attached a program flier to this email for sharing.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

Thank you and happy new year!

Sincerely,

Kim 

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Kim Elsenbroek (she/her)

Land Conservation Specialist

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County 

PO Box 352, Woodstock, IL 60098

815-248-0742

kelsenbroek@conservemc.org

Hello from the Flathead Lake Biological Station!
We are recruiting students for Summer Session 2023. Along with our 9 core courses, this year we are offering our Evolution of Animal Behavior course. Please share this information with students, colleagues, and advisors. We are looking for students ranging from sophomores-to-be to upper-class to early grad students.

The Flathead Lake Biological Station offers immersive summer ecology courses. Our summer academic program emphasizes experiential learning through direct field research methods and interactions with natural resource professionals.

Students can find syllabi, information, and application at https://flbs.umt.edu/education

Apply by Jan 13, 2023 for the early application discount ($100 off housing)
Credits earned at FLBS are transferrable to most college degree programs
Many scholarships are available and a high percentage of applicants receive awards
Summer Session 2023 Schedule:

Jun 19-30            BIOE 440 Conservation Ecology (Dr Gordon Luikart, 3 credits)

                              BIOE 400 Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Dr Matthew Church, 3)

Jun 19-Jul 14      BIOE 342 Field Ecology (Dr Jim Elser, 5)

                              BIOB 494 Seminars in Ecology (Dr Gordon Luikart, 1)

                              BIOB 490 Undergraduate Research in Animal Behavior (Dr Paul Watson, 2-4)

Jul 3-14                BIOE 451 Landscape Ecology (Dr. Tyler Hoecker, 3)


Jul 17-28             BIOE 416 Alpine Ecology (Macy Ricketts, 3)

                              BIOE 439 Stream Ecology (Dr Bob Hall, 3)

Jul 17-Aug 11     BIOB  491 Evolution of Animal Behavior (Dr. Paul Watson, 5 credits)

Jul 31-Aug 11     BIOE 458 Forest & Fire Ecology (Dr Andrew Larson, 3)

                              BIOE 453 Lake Ecology (Dr Shawn Delvin, 3)

                              BIOB 490 Undergraduate Research in Cryosphere Ecology (Dr Trinity Hamilton, 1-3 credits)

QUESTIONS? Email summersession@flbs.umt.edu or call 406-872-4515

Jim Elser  

Director, Flathead Lake Biological Station

Bierman Professor of Ecology, University of Montana
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Fellowship, Scholarship, + Award Deadlines

The Program in Animal Behavior awards two summer study scholarships up to $750 each year to aid outstanding Animal Behavior majors at IU Bloomington with the costs of summer field courses, internships, or research experiences in fields relevant to the study of animal behavior. These awards help to defray costs of travel and fees for these experiences. Deadline is April 10th of each year. 

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Alex Black was an outstanding student who received her B.S. degree in Animal Behavior in 2018. She was committed to social justice, strongly advocating for mental health and domestic violence awareness. She was also passionate about her work with animals, spending hundreds of hours on internships both during her undergraduate career and after graduation. The Alex Black Memorial Scholarship was established by Alex’s family to honor Alex’s memory and helps to support students in the Animal Behavior program while they complete summer internships.

Two $2500 scholarships are awarded per year, and all students pursuing a B.S. degree in Animal Behavior are eligible to apply. Deadline is April 10th of each year.

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Goodson Prize for Art in Science

Dr. Jim Goodson was a vibrant member of the CISAB community. In addition to being a consummate neuroscientist and critical thinker, Jim was also extraordinarily gifted at capturing the beauty of his science via images, of both his study subjects and his histological material. The Goodson Prize for Art in Science recognizes outstanding research images from CISAB members that are not just scientifically meaningful but are also beautiful. Winning images are showcased both in the CISAB house and on our website.

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To recognize some of our many outstanding Animal Behavior majors, CISAB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee has established a new award for Excellence in Thesis Research in Animal Behavior.

 

Current Ph.D. and postdoctoral students are eligible for up to 12 months of stipend support through opportunities offered by both the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) and the Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD). Applications are due in February each year.

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CISAB founding member William J. Rowland was devoted to the study of animal behavior, and a strong advocate for mentoring and training undergraduates in research, particularly undergraduates who were in one way or another disadvantaged in their opportunities to get research experience. The Bill Rowland Mentoring Award was established in Bill’s memory to recognize graduate students who have served as outstanding research mentors to undergraduates. Recomendations are due in February each year.

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Established in memory of Hanna Kolodziejski, a remarkable graduate student in CISAB and the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in Biology, this fellowship is an annual award for a graduate student who, like Hanna, shows academic talent in both research and teaching, and who demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. The fellowship is open to all CISAB and Biology graduate students, with a preference given to members of CISAB and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior (EEB) students. Recomendations are due in February each year.

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